Brandon Sorbom: How an MIT Reject is Making Clean Energy Accessible

Feb 18 2021 By anita
Brandon Sorbom
Brandon Sorbom

Brandon Sorbom has solved a fundamental problem. He developed a high-temperature superconductor that can make a fusion reactor. Normally, fusion reactors are too expensive to build. However, the one Brandon makes costs way cheaper. On May 7, 2016, he received a Commencement address during graduation ceremonies from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology.

Sorbom is a 32-year-old native of Southern California. He completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and engineering physics from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 2010. And he also completed undergraduate research in astrophysics and electrostatic confinement fusion from LMU. During the research, he developed a small fusion device called a ‘Farnsworth Fusor’.

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After graduating from LMU, he wanted to get a Ph. D. in Nuclear fusion. But he got rejected from all five courses he applied for, including the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT). His rejection from MIT was due to a lesser experience in Lab work. After that, he headed towards School’s fusion energy to try the job.  At that time he was just 22 years. Despite less confidence, he still got the job at School’s fusion energy.

Brandon Sorbom makes it Happen

In 2017, Brandon Sorbom completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Nuclear Science and Engineering from (MIT). In 2018 he joined Commonwealth Fusion Systems. He is the co-founder and chief scientific officer of Commonwealth Fusion System (CFS). CFS was founded as a spin-off from the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It aims to commercialize fusion, a safe and virtually limitless source of “Clean energy”, to fight local climate change.

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In recent years, young scientists and engineers have seen a surging interest in fusion energy for a sustainable and carbon-free source of electricity.  Billions of Dollar has invested by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Jack Ma for renewable-energy technology advances. Shifting in the renewable energy trends the investment pattern and look towards the global warming problems.

Why Fusion Energy?

Fusion energy is the source of energy for the sun and stars. When gravity compresses hydrogen gas, the temperature required fusion. Fusion energy challenges earth is “how to create those condition on Earth” in a balanced way as fusion can be used to provide power.


Fusion has provided physicists with one of the most challenging pursuits. By nature, a huge gravity force and high temperature keep plasma in the star fusing, burning, and producing energy. Developing such a fusion reactor is a worthy goal because it has the great potential to offer limitless zero-carbon energy with low radioactive waste and safety risks.

Replicating the natural process in a laboratory requires a machine like Tokamak which can produce high magnetic fields to contain plasma. While heating it to the temperature it produces higher than the sun.

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Advantage of a Nuclear Fusion

Here is the advantage of Nuclear fusion Energy.


As fusion produces Zero greenhouse gas and produces only helium as exhaust. It also required less land and other renewable Technologies


Fusion energy is safe. It meltdown scenario with zero possibility where no waste can live long. It can generate both energy and heat that meet all sorts of demands including recharging batteries create clean fuel power home and so on.


There is enough fusion to power the planets for hundreds of millions of years by nature. From the seawater and derived from lithium. The fusion power plant runs on deuterium and tritium, isotopes.


From Recent years fusion energy is in high demand. Fusion produces gases into the atmosphere and warms the planet and it can be located where it is required. And it is also the solution for global warming.

In southern France, 35-country collaborate for building the largest fusion machine on the planet.  And it is also one of the most expensive science experiments. Fusion energy is the solution to global warming.  Now CFS is also working on the commercial application of its magnet technology like MRI machine and would to move to develop ARC. ARC is the first fusion power plant connected to the power grid and expected to be making fusion energy on the grid”  in the early 2030s.

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